Novak Djokovic into Paris Masters quarter-final without lifting a racket after Gael Monfils withdraws

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It was an easy day at the office for Novak Djokovic as he advanced to the quarter-final of the Paris Masters without having to take to the court after Gael Monfils withdrew from their clash.

The 15th seeded Monfils injured his leg during his second-round win over fellow Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and, as expected, was unable to recover in time for the match against the top seed.

Djokovic, who beat Marton Fucsovics in three sets in his opening encounter, will take on either BNP Paribas Open champion Cameron Norrie or American Taylor Fritz in the last eight.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner is hoping to seal the year-end No 1 ranking at Paris-Bercy this week.

A sixth Paris Masters title will ensure he clinches top spot, but by reaching the quarter-final it means world No 2 Daniil Medvedev now needs to make the semi-finals at a minimum to stand any chance of finishing the year as No 1.

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